a few quotes related to programming languages

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    the following are a few quotes ive found from different books related to programming and such and a lot are so cleaverly put eheh if u got anything that is not in the list please posted im gonna try putting together a site with all these or soemthing.
    Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
    Henry Thoreau

    High thoughts must have high language
    Aristophanes

    The chief merit of language is clearness.
    Galen

    My object all-sublime
    I shall achieve in time
    W.S Gilbert

    He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.
    Thomas Babington Macaulay

    Egad, I think the interpreter is the hardest to be understood of the two!
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    Comment is free, but facts are sacred.
    C.P.Scott

    The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor.
    James Howell

    When faced with a decision, I always ask, "What would be the most fun?"
    Peggy Walker

    He has left his body to science-- and science is contesting the will.
    David Frost

    Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated
    Mao Zedong

    Equality, in a social sense, may be divided into that of condition and that of rights.
    James Fenimore Cooper

    Painting is only a bridge linking the painter's mind with that of the viewer.
    Eugene Delacroix

    My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
    George Bernard Shaw

    Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.
    William Shakespeare

    Let's all move one place on.
    Lewis Carroll

    The wheel is come full circle.
    William Shakespeare

    How many apples fell on Newton’s head before he took the hint!
    Robert Frost, Comment

    Who can control his fate?
    William Shakespeare, Othello

    The used key is always bright.
    Benjamin Franklin

    Man is a tool-making animal
    Benjamin Franklin

    Intelligence... is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools
    Henri Bergson

    Form ever follows function.
    Louis Henri Sullivan

    E pluribus Unum (One composed of many.)
    Virgil

    O! Call back yesterday, bid time return.
    William Shakespeare, Richard II

    Call me Ishmael.
    Herman Melville, Moby dick

    When you call me that, smile.
    Owen Wister

    With sobs and tears he sorted out
    Those of the largest size...
    Lewis Carroll

    Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt;
    Nothing's so hard, but search will find it out.
    Robert Herrick

    Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book.
    Isaiah 30:8

    'Tis in my memory lock'd
    And you yourself shall keep the key of it.
    William Shakespeare

    It is a world to hide virtues in?
    William Shakespeare, Twelfth night

    Your public servants serve you right
    Adlai Stevenson

    But what, to server our private ends,
    Forbids the cheating of our friends?
    Charles Churchill

    This above all: to thine own self be true.
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet

    Have no friends not equal to yourself.
    Confucius

    Say not you know another entirely, till you have divided an inheritance with him
    Joahann Kasper Lavater

    This method is to define as the number of a class the class of classes’ similar to the given class.
    Bertrand Russell

    Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
    Augustine Birrell

    General propositions do not decide concrete cases.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes

    A philosopher of imposing stature doesn’t think in a vacum.
    Even his most abstract ideas are, to some extense, conditioned by what is or is not known in the time he lives.
    Alfred North Whitehead

    The chief object of Henry King
    Was chewing little bits of string.
    Hilaire Belloc

    Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences.
    William Strunk, Jr.

    I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short.
    Blaise Pascal

    The difference between the almost-right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between lightning bug and lightning.
    Mark Twain

    One picture is worth ten thousand words.
    Chinese proverb

    Treat nature in terms of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, all in perspective.
    Paul Cezanne

    Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced-- even a proverb is not a proverb to you till your life has illustrated it.
    John Keats

    A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.
    Ivan Sergeyvich

    ...The wisest prohpets make sure of the event first.
    Horace Walpole

    Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
    Lewis Carroll

    Speak the affirmative;emphasize your choice by utter ignoring of all that you reject.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Guess if you can, choose if you dare.
    Pierre corneille

    All hope abandon, ye who enter here!
    Dante Alighieri

    Exit, pursued by a bear.
    William Shakespeare

    I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
    Abraham Lincoln

    A good symbol is the best argument, and is a missionary to persuade thousands.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Capture is reality in paint!
    Paul Cezanne

    It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    O! Throw away the worser part of it, and live the purer with the other half.
    William Shakespeare

    If they 're running and they don't look where they're going
    I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.
    Jerome David Salinger

    And oftentimes excusing of a fault
    Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
    William Shakespeare

    I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.
    Groucho(Julius Henry) Marx

    The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
    Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
    Alexander Pope

    A person with one watch knows what time it is; a person with two watches is never sure.
    Proverb

    Concersation is but carving!
    Give no more to every guest,
    Then he's able to digest.
    Jonathan Swift

    Learn to labor and to wait.
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    The Most general defintion of beauty.. Multeity in Unity.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    The wheel that squeaks the loudest... gets the grease.
    John Billings(Henry Wheeler Shaw)

    Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
    Mark Twain, Following the Equator

    We'll use a signal i have tried and found far-reaching and easy to yell. Waa-hoo!
    Zane Grey

    A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
    Samuel Goldwyn

    Between the motion and the act falls the shadow.
    thomas Stearns eliot, the hollow men.

    What we experience of nature is in models, and all of nature's models are so beautiful.
    Richard Buckminster Fuller

    I can only assume that a "Do Not File" document is filed in a "Do Not File" file.
    Senator Frank church,Senate Intelligence Subcommittee Hearing, 1975

    Consciousness...does not appear to itself chopped up in bits.
    ...A "river" or a "stream" are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described.
    William James

    I read part of it all the way through.
    Samuel Goldwyn

    It is quite a three-pipe problem.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
    Mark Twain

    I like two kinds of men:domestic and foreign.
    Mae West

    A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.
    Dante Alighieri

    The longest part of the journey is said to be the passing of the gate.
    Marcus Terenius Varro

    Friends share all things.
    Pythagoras

    If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
    Newt Heilscher

    Science may never come up with a better office-communication system that the coffee break
    Earl Wilson

    It's currently a problem of access to gigabits through punybaud
    J.C.R Licklider

    Much that i bound, i could not free;
    Much that i freed returned to me.
    Lee Wilson Dodd

    There is always room at the top.
    Daniel Webster

    Push on--keep moving
    Thomas Morton

    Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.
    Karl Marx

    There was a Door to which I found no key:
    There was the Veil through i, which I might not see.
    Edward FitzGerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

    Journey over all the universe in a map.
    Miguel de Cervantes

    I thin this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House -- with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dines alone.
    John F.Kennedy

    Language is the archive of history.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images.
    Jean Cocteau
    When no one helps you out. Call google();

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    Uhh... I don't see any connection to programming with the vast majority of those quotes.
    Naturally I didn't feel inspired enough to read all the links for you, since I already slaved away for long hours under a blistering sun pressing the search button after typing four whole words! - Quzah

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    no? i think all of them have something to do with programming
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    >Exit, pursued by a bear.
    >Call me Ishmael.
    O.o
    Naturally I didn't feel inspired enough to read all the links for you, since I already slaved away for long hours under a blistering sun pressing the search button after typing four whole words! - Quzah

    You. Fetch me my copy of the Wall Street Journal. You two, fight to the death - Stewie

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    no? i think all of them have something to do with programming
    You're probably reading too much into them.

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    Either that, or they only apply in a very specific context, and here, they're without context.
    Naturally I didn't feel inspired enough to read all the links for you, since I already slaved away for long hours under a blistering sun pressing the search button after typing four whole words! - Quzah

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    when u call a function maybe? try to think of how u think when u program lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by InvariantLoop
    when u call a function maybe?
    I don't call a function and say "Exit, pursued by a bear".
    Do not make direct eye contact with me.

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    Some of 'em you can stretch to fit programming... Others just have no relation at all.

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    well im looking for input so i can sort out the bad ones and keep only those that fit perfectly. anyone got anything else?
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    One of my favorites and to quote XSquared
    To understand recursion, you must first understand recursion.
    I like that one

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    Instead of calling it a list of quotes related to programming, you could take some of them and write essays on programming, explaining how they *could* be related to programming -- basically, use the quote as a hook to introduce the topic you actually want to write about. Of course, many of the relationships are superficial and work only as a way of introducing a topic -- for instance, "Call me Ishmael" might work best as the epigraph of a chapter describing functions in a book on programming.
    I was born; I shall die. Between those two events there is life. I don't know why, and I don't question it; I merely live.

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    Call me Ishmael.
    Herman Melville, Moby dick
    Wasn't that one from "C Programming for Dummies"?

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    I'll check when I get home. Maybe I think I remember something like that(but there was alot of stupid quotes in there)

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    I don't call a function and say "Exit, pursued by a bear".
    Thats probably because you use inferior tools like C/C++. Real men use Shakespeare !

    Code:
    Scene III: Once you pop, you can't stop!
    
    Lady Macbeth:
     Recall your unhappy childhood. Speak your mind!
    
    Othello:
     You are as vile as the sum of yourself and a toad! Are you better
     than nothing?
    
    Lady Macbeth:
     If so, let us return to scene III.
    
                        Scene IV: The end.
    
    [Exeunt]
    This is probably the coolest recursion I have ever seen
    hth
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